Apparently Narduzzi has turned down UCONN. I personally think that was the beter call. I figured this was important info since he is one of the best defensive coordinators in the BIG on a team in our division. Can't wait for the who cares posts.
OT: Narduzzi Turns Down UCONN HC Job
But if they gave him a deadline, I think it's by far in his best interest to wait to see what else is out there. In my opinion, that's a solid fall back option, but you look around for something a little better first. I'm sure other jobs will open up that are better than UConn, think UConn likely tried striking and making him make a move too soon.
He probably has a very real interest in seeing this season out and coaching/winning a Rose Bowl, something that program and staff have been striving to do for 26 years, and I can't blame him.
Yeah, I also had a feeling he would stay put until after the Rose Bowl. He options will be much better by January.
I wonder which bowl teams are also firing their coaches that are better than UConn?
Similar to Strong's ability to get the Louisville job, which is a very good mid-level job. I think that's pretty much what Narduzzi is looking for.
Again, like I said, UConn isn't a bad backup option. But I don't think he'd be doing himself favors by accepting a job now before getting a full look at what's available.
Other than the possibility that that same Charlie Strong you mentioned goes to Texas... what mid-level schools better than UConn will be seeing their coaches move up? And isn't the UConn bridge burned now that he turned them down?
Seems more likely he'll be MSU's DC for at least another year.
There will be better HC positions out there, why settle for a program like UConn?
I'm not sure why this idea exists that UConn is "settling." It's a mid-level program. The vast, vast majority of BCS coaches (not including the AAC) were head coaches elsewhere first, or hired from within for continuity's sake. I can think off the top of my head three coaches that got their first head coaching job at a BCS level school and were hired from outside the program: Paul Chryst, Kevin Wilson, and Will Muschamp. Muschamp is Exhibit A of why schools don't usually do that. Wilson is at Indiana, which isn't exactly a destination. And Wilson, like Narduzzi, is a Broyles Award winner - and Indiana is the job he ended up with. If Narduzzi is holding out for a Florida type offer he's going to be at MSU a long time. A job like UConn is right in the wheelhouse of what he ought to be looking for.
No traditional top 25 team is going to hire Narduzzi. I can name around 10 coordinators who are higher profile than Narduzzi. Guys like Charlie Strong, Steve Sarkisian, Kevin Wilson, and Will Muschamp were coordinators of national powers that competed for BCS National Championships. Those guys have recruiting credentials that Narduzzi does not. Most coordinators who get hired as head coaches at BCS schools (Big Ten, SEC, Pac 12, Big 12, and ACC) usually have coached for traditional national powers or were promoted from within.
Narduzzi's most likely opportunities are going to be an AAC/Big East program, MAC program, or wait to inherit the MSU job. Maybe he gets a Big Ten job like Rutgers down the road. I don't see him taking a Defensive Coordinator job at a higher profile program.
Those guys were assistants at places like USC, Oklahoma, Florida, and Texas. Those are all teams that consistently have top 15 recruiting classes and wind up in the top 10 in rankings. They are juggernaut schools with tremendous resources. The resources MSU brings to the table look mediocre compared to a Texas or Florida. Narduzzi looks very markeatable to me and like a guy who might not get a top tier team, but are you telling me a bottom of the bowl BCS team wouldn't take him as head coach (I am excluding Uconn). He has arguably done more with less than most of those guys.
Those are the coordinators that get major head coaching jobs. They are perceived to be less of a risk than Narduzzi because they are higher profile coordinators who have at least recruited at the highest level and have more exposure making it easier to sell to boosters, the fanbase, and most importantly, the recruits.
Narduzzi has never been a head coach, never worked for a national college power, never recruited at a high level, and has zero ties to prospect rich areas like the South or West Coast or a major power. He is about to turn 48 years old (about as old as Urban Meyer) with zero head coaching experience. How is that guy marketable to the 65 major college schools compared to whom they've been able to hire? Wake Forest (arguably one of the worst programs among the major 5 conferences) just hired Dave Clawson who served as OC at Tennessee, won big as a head coach at the FCS level, and just won the MAC title as a head coach at Bowling Green. Look at the recent Pac 12 hires (Chris Petersen, Steve Sarkisian, Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez, Todd Graham, Sonny Dykes, and Mike MacIntyre). Don't even start with the recent SEC hires. Their credentials blow Narduzzi's away.
Narduzzi is going to have to prove he can lead a mid tier program like UConn, Cincinnati, or a MAC school as a head coach before any major program outside of the Midwest even sniffs at him. His only chance at a major college job if he stays at MSU is succeeding Dantonio at MSU or competing for a lower tier Big Ten job when one may open up. But even that may be a hard sell and risky. I could see him maybe competing for the Rutgers job if it opens up in a year or two.
However, when you consider that it has been a stepping stone for guys like Dantonio, Brian Kelly, and Butch Jones, I would think that Cinncy is a much more desirable job than Uconn, especially since the biggest move up was for Edsall who went to Maryland.
I think you actually make my point if Narduzzi has put together the best defense in the country with a bunch of 3 stars, it could be argued that with greater resources he could have a giant ceiling. Also, 48 is a great age for a head coach, not too young not too old. The only knock is that he was never a head coach, but that could literally be a knock on every coordinator who took his first HC job.
I think Cincinnati is a little better than UConn, but not by enough to really worry about. Frankly, I'm surprised Narduzzi passed it up. Diaco is getting 1.5mil a year to start, which has to be about triple what Narduzzi makes at MSU.
I just don't see a job that is noticeably better than UConn wanting a guy like Narduzzi. He has been a high level DC for a handful of years, but not like 15 years or anything, and he's completely unproven as a HC. This is why Diaco jumped at the UConn job.
I agree completely. UConn isn't exactly Eastern Michigan and has decent potential. If he does well, he will either make good money or will get a better HC job, and if he doesn't, he'll be a hot hot hot DC candidate at the elite schools.
Almost all the top HCs had to prove themselves at a mid-level school on par with UConn before making it to the top. If he's waiting for a better offer he's looking at an extremely fine window of schools that are better than UConn but still willing to hire a coordinator as HC. For 2013, that window is zero unless Charlie Strong bolts to Texas.
While UConn isn't bad, were I Narduzzi, I'd keep my eye on somewhere like Cinci that has enough of a recruiting profile I could not worry about starting from ground zero in those first couple of years as a head coach. His performace at State is high profile enough that ADs at major programs will be keepign an eye on him right away and a bust could be a big career set-back. Its a shame Tuberville isn't going anywhere any time soon.
OSU - Urbs goes to texas and
Bama - Saban goes to the Redskins Book IT! (Shannahan goes to Houston Texans)
Urbs reportedly met with Texas Boosters the day after OSU beat Michigan. And the only mountain left for Saban to climb is the NFL. He failed miserably at Miami and he can see what Carroll has done since his first stint in the NFL and how Harbaugh has done.
What else is there for Saban to prove in college? He doesn't need the money and why rebuild again when you have a dynasty. The NFL is the only place left besides Bama for 3 more years and then TV.
Texas is not a sideways move from Ohio State. Ohio State is a good job, but not Texas good. Texas has WAY more to offer than OSU does -- money, talent bed, facilities, etc. Texas is arguably the top job in CFB. Ohio State is meerly a top 10...maybe top 5 job. So if Texas comes calling, you listen.
All true about UT over OH Plus Austin is better than Columbus in general.
Completely forgot about that one. Austin over Columbus might be the biggest plus. Although that kind of assumes a coach has the time and desire to go out and hang out with the masses around town.
I call BS too. Besides..that's a big jump, and unless there's proof, a link or anything, then it didn't happen. Sorry.
I call BS - but only on the extremely relevant part that a meeting didn't take place. The world is too small to have sneaked a meeting in the day after The Game.
But whoever made the point about UT being a better job than Ohio - they're right. Ohio is likely seen as a *top 10* whereas UT is going to be #1 based on everything mentioned above - money, recruiting base, facilities, tradition and academics. Futhermore UT is located in a city generally considered to be one of the nicest and most progressive in the country - in a state that has been growing both economically and in population. Notwithstanding my utter distaste for anything in Ohio, you'd be insane not to speak with Texas if you have an opportunity regardless of where you are coaching. Including Bama.
Think of Ohio State as a place like Ft. Lauderdale. Its nice, its sunny, you'd totally go hang out there for a week. But Texas is like St. Lucia or something like that. Given a choice, you're taking the week on the island in the Carribean.
I thought ND was his dream job.
had three options for penalty-free buyouts. One was OSU, one as Michigan, and one was Notre Dame. The media referred to Notre Dame as his "dream job" (which may be true), but he clearly had a top three if the terms of his contract are any indication.
In any case, Texas was not a special case he wanted to keep an eye on, but OSU was.
Here's a link decribing that Florida contract, FYI.
FWIW, I'm not sure what the buyout on his family contract was. HIYOOO!
job. Texas is probably the No 1 job in the country. The best recruiting bed in the coutry and they will beat down the door to play at Texas. The only place that outdoes football in SEC country is Texas. It's more than religion down there. OSU is the best job in the B1G and certainly in the top 10 in the country, but even with Texas? No way.
I have no facts, just word from someone I know that has contacts in visible places that Urbs went to Austin on Sunday after the Michigan game. If he flew on a buddy's jet and met at someone's house and met several big time people there, it's possible.
The boosters at Texas run that school they have BIG money and they buy what they want and usually get it.
It may not be Urbs, it won't be Saban, he's not enough of an ass-kisser. Saban's mountain to climb is a Super Bowl. He'll get a Parcells type job coach GM and build the roster he wants and see what happens.
I say no Meyer to Texas and no Saban to the NFL--and you have offered nothing more than I have to back it up--your guess. True, Texas has more money than OSU--but the recruiting is pretty darned good in Ohio as we know, and I don't think "Urbs" is hipster enough to prefer Austin to Columbus.
I highly doubt Urban met personally with boosters. It is possible that Urban's agent semi-discretely met with boosters in order to keep a little pressure on OSU to maintain his large salary. I wouldn't be surprised if Saban's agent was playing the same game.
Do you think urbz is leaving OSU. That's his dream job maybe other than ND.
I think he might leave eventually, but he needs to
get caught banging coeds take a year off to be with his family first. Making this scenario unlikely.
Oh that's right, instead he just played them for more money from Florida. The man is a sociopath (seriously believe this to be true). I don't think you can apply rational arguments to him.
by losing the Big Ten championship and not going to the NC game. He might be looking for a way to recover his losses. The Texas situation could provide some leverage if he wanted to go total psycho to get more $$$.
to use a potential employer's offer to get more money from your current employer - that just makes sense. If someone else thinks you're worth more than your current employer, you go there. If your current employer matches their offer, you stay for the convenience. I don't see how that's "irrational."
It's possible that Meyer is a sociopath, but this isn't evidence of that.
I can neg totally insane ideas again!
I dont blame him either and this definitely is NOT OT. He is an exceptional Defensive Coordinator and should get offers from stronger programs after the season ends and Head Coaching changes begin in earnest.
Is he really a guy who is going to get the keys to the kingdom at a big job? Not too familiar with his personality, but based on other's opinions he sounds like a hillbilly Norm Chow who just isn't going to be made the face of a top-20 program.
His move seems to be to take a shitty job like UCONN and hope for quick success (otherwise he probably won't get another shot), take a higher profile DC gig as a stepping stone to an elite HC job (where again, he risks tarnishing his reputation if the pieces aren't in place), or riding it out at MSU with a series of steady pay increases.
Yea I don't see him getting a perennial top 20 team hc job. He can take a mid level team and do great things and get a better gig. Charlie Strong who was considered a great coordinator just like narduzzi and head coaching candidate for a few years only landed a job at Louisville in which he has done a great job and will probably land a big job from it.
I think Louisville is a much better job than UCONN. John L. Smith won 11 games there and Petrino did it twice in fairly recent years.
And going forward, UCONN is basically going to be a fish out of water in their league and competing with Cincinnati and teams from Texas/Florida for recruits.
between a perennial top 20 program and UConn. I wouldn't be surprised to see Narduzzi at a HC position in one of the major conferences by the time the offseason's over (unless he's really set on taking over after Dantonio).
There are only 65 major conference schools. He has no SEC or West Coast ties as he has coached in the Midwest his whole life. As a coordinator, that pretty much makes him a candidate for Big Ten jobs and a handful of ACC jobs in the Northeast. Remove top 25 traditional programs from that list, and you only have a handful of jobs.
I could see him landing at a school like Virginia (or Virginia Tech if Beamer ever decides to retire). Mike London has one of the hottest seats in CFB. If he gets canned, giving Narduzzi a shot there could pay off. Plus (assuming he could keep them) they have two big 5-star defensive recruits in Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding that he could build around.
And given that Virginia is in the quasi-south, if he succeeds there, that would open up a lot of bigger ACC and SEC jobs.
Why would either of those schools consider Narduzzi over Bud Foster, especially Virginia Tech?
Possible but I don't see it happening. If Narduzzi lands a major conference head coaching job as a first time head coach, it will probably be in the Big Ten (Rutgers, Illinois, or MSU).
own pasta and listen to Sinatra?
I guess he wasn't happy with the assts. situation.
He'll be the next Wake Forrest coach.
Dave Clawson from BG already scooped that gig.
Should have been hired by my Temple Owls last year instead of Matt Rhule (though I like Rhule and his ability to recruit).
Clawson will do well at Wake Forest.
They are running with this over at SBNation (LINK)
If the tweets they posted from FootballScoop have merit, the issue might have been over assistant pay. Reportedly, the package offered was overall "aggressive", whatever that means in "I just got an offer from UConn" terms. The rest of the article is mainly a rehash of Narduzzi's career highlights.
not OT. where does narduzzi want to go?
He can do better
I have several legit sources saying Texas wants him
Not doubting you (okay, maybe) but that would be crazy if Texas replaced Mack Brown with a coordinator with no head coaching experience, especially when they can afford to get almost whoever they want.
Texas wants him as a DC
...although beyond GERG it seems Texas is where good defensive coordinators with upward mobility go to die. Two words: Manny Diaz, who was as hot a few years back as Narduzzi now.
Maybe he likes working for Dantonio and is expecting a pay raise after this year? Maybe he is waiting for the Nebraska HC job after next season.
Not that he doesn't deserve it, but Narduzzi just doubled his salary to $500k last season. Not sure if MSU has the stones to give him another sizeable bump to the Mattison or Fickell (HA!) range of $750K. Sparty should be giving Dantonio a solid bump too. At around $1.8M he's underpaid.
In general, if the Big Ten ever wants to seriously try and compete with the SEC, they need to learn to pay their coaches a competitive salary. The conference makes more money than any other, so there's really no excuse for it.
he gave them a laundry list of what he needed to succeed and it's price tag. The trustees said "no" and he bailed. Unless something has changed within that culture, Dantonio is going to keep getting underpaid. . .
Supposedly that's one of the reasons that Bielma left Wisconsin too. Its what annoys be about the Big Ten. They bring in more money than any other conference, but just about all of the schools outside of Michigan and Ohio State refuse to pay their coaches top dollar.
If they are content being the #3 or #4 or #5 conference out of the five power conferences, then stick with the status quo. The SEC has ascended to the top conference because they pay their coaches like they want to be the best. There's no reason MSU/PSU/Wisc/etc can't shell out $3M + $1.5 for some assistant coaches.
Be careful what you wish for.
Hollis said Dantonio and all assistants will be getting raises this offseason. Narduzzi got one last year, and i'm pretty sure everyone got one 2 years ago.
Good for them. They certainly deserve it. The assistants all got one last season, but Narduzzi far and away had the biggest bump going from $233k to $500k. In 2011, Dantonio got a new contract, but not a big pay bump. It was more of a long term security type thing it "only" bumped his total compensation from $1.8M to around $1.9M. I think you'll see him bumped up to around $3.5M. That would be good for fourth in the Big Ten.
1. Meyer - $4.6M
2. Hoke - $4.1M
3. Ferentz (lol) - $3.98M
4. O'Brien - $3.2M
5. Pelini - $2.9M
6. Fitzgerald - $2.2M
7. Hazell - $2.1M
8. Andersen - $2.1M
9. Dantonio - $1.9M
10. Beckman - $1.7M
Quote from a CBS interview he gave in early November:
"I'd certainly like to be a head coach some day, at the right time," Narduzzi said on CBS Sports Network's "Fast Forward" on Tuesday night.
"I guess you kind of have to let it happen. I think, when you try to go after something so hard, sometimes, it doesn’t happen. Certainly, I get anxious to want to do that one day. But I'm also anxious to do it at the right place and make the right decision."
Sounds like he wants to be a head coach, but he thinks he'll get something better than UCONN this year. I don't see his stock rising much higher considering his unit was about as good as it can get this year and it's losing several starters next year.
Wouldn't surprise me if he waited around for Nebraska's bowl game to see what happens there, but I don't think that's worth staying an assistant for another year.
I honestly think that if Saban bolts, Alabama might give Dantonio a look if they don't just hand the keys off to Kirby Smart. I think Narduzzi would rather continue being a coordinator at a larger program.
No way Bama looks to Dantonio to replace Saban if he happens to leave. Dantonio is a fine coach but not high enough profile for Bama.
You are most likely right, but they did hire Rich Rodriguez out of WVU before they got Saban. Plus Dantonio runs a similar style of football as Saban. I think there is a shot if he brings Narduzzi.
But that was all before they became the perennial national title contender that they are now. Expectations are higher. Prior to hiring Saban, Alabama was coming off a three year stretch where they went 67-54. So expectations weren't quite the same.
And just for reference, Michigan is in the midst of a 77 - 53 ten year stretch. So as bad as things have been around here, they were even worse at Alabama prior to Saban.
But then you look at Bama's pre-Saban coaching hires, and Dantonio seems just fine:
Mike Shula - career assistant
Mike Price - Longtime Washington State head coach. Also, LOL.
Dennis Franchione - TCU head coach
Mike DuBose - long time DL coach at Alabama.
I'm not entirely surprised. Quite frankly, he can do better than UCONN.
along. It's all a theory, but Cousins is gonna start this week in Washington, Shannahan has been trying to leave Washington since last year and Saban is an egomaniac, he has to be moving forward and Bama is coasting for him. He has two MNCs in a row and is always in the championship mix.
He needs a new challenge and Texas won't be it. It's a latteral move for him.
Just my .02. So basically worthless, but fun speculation.
Narduzzi on the other hand, can do much better than UConn. Could the Rutgers job open up? Or maybe WF or something on that level. UConn doesn't care about football, they are a basketball school.
Hired Dave Clawsen from Bowling Green
Because he won't be given free reign to take control over the roster, etc. If Saban were ever to leave for the NFL, he wouldn't make the same mistake that cost him Miami (where he had to deal with a GM that he often disagreed with), he would have to be his own GM, he's that type of guy as far as control. He has stated that was his downfall and reason he left the NFL, he hated that part of it. So Washington will not be a place he would end up if he jumped back to the NFL.
He isn't going anywhere.
Will someone respectable just offer this man a job already and get him out of our hair?
I offered him a job mowing my lawn, but he never replied to the job offer. Oh well...
Did you tell him about the complimentary lemonade?
There hasn't been more chatter about him taking over as OSU d coordinator. Better pay, better talent, higher profile... And god knows that defense is terrible.
Who will rid me of this meddlesome coach?
Who will rid me of this meddlesome coach?
UConn is an awful job. The HC gig at Cass Tech is about 100x better. Narduzzi should go somewhere like Boise State, or a lower-level Pac 12 job (Cal, Colorado, Utah). What about: Rutgers...? Purdue? Kentucky? Virginia?
I have no knowledge of the coaching situation at these schools, just stating opportunities that look exponentially more attractive than UConn, with teams that underperformed in 2013.
Kentucky is about as bad of a coaching destination as Uconn. Basketball school with a snowball's chance in hell of competing in the SEC.
Yeah you're right about UK. I think some of the others present a good opportunity though, namely Boise (carry on Petersen's momentum, plus weaker conference), Cal (California recruiting), and UVA (state producing more talent lately and most of the ACC is beatable each year).
Cal won't be hiring for another couple years at minimum. They were terrible this year, but their coach was in his first year. Even if they wanted to bail on the new coach (which they don't, yet), they don't have the cash for another buyout (Tedford got around 5 million I think). I do agree that that's probably around the level of job that Narduzzi is probably shooting for, though.
He knows he's the heir apparent at MSU. No need to rock the boat to take the plunge at UConn, especially when it's likely Dantonio will get a look from a couple big-name schools in the near future.
I think this is a good possibility. It seems to me that Narduzzi was rumored to be connected to the UConn job for too long for it to fall apart over assistnat pay. He either got cold feet (reasonable) or has reason to believe a better opportunity will be available.
On the other hand, isn't Dantonio a little long in the tooth for a big time coaching job?
Dantonio is 57. For reference, Saban is 62. He's already done the journeyman thing, he now has the almost-high profile job, and if he wanted to, he could do five or more years at a premiere program and retire on top.
Now, I don't think he would want to, but it's not outside the realm of responsibility.
I meant more from the opposite perspective. If you're AD at a big time school, do you want a guy who could be looking at retirement in 5 years? You do for a guy like Saban who could turn your program into a beheamoth in 5 years when he leaves it for the next guy, but Dantonio isn't remotely the same type of slam dunk.
While I agree Dantonio isn't as much of a slam dunk as Saban, (Who is) there aren't very many coaches out there I would rather have coaching my team. IMO Saban is probably the only one I can say, whithout a doubt I would rather have.
David Shaw, Mike Gundy, Jimbo Fisher, etc. Talk about overreacting MSU having a good year... afet losing 6 games last year.
This isn't MSU's first good year. They have played in two of the 3 B1G championship games. And IN MY OPINION, Dantonio is every bit the coach as the guys you listed. he has consistantly had a top 5 defense with 3 star players. Guess we'll find out a little bit more regarding Shaw v Dantonio in about a month. I would have to go with Dantonio overall cause he's doing it with less talent at a school that's harder to create a dominant program. Mike Gundy has won the B1G once since 05. Jimbo Fisher has been productive, but look at the players he puts on the field, 5* galore.
I just don't think anyone will offer Dantonio a big time job unless he proves he can do it without Narduzzi. The defense is the whole team.
Dantonio was a successful DC at OSU before he became a head coach. I doubt anyone's that worried about his defensive bona fides, more that he's on the older side and the trend has been going against that.
MSU will be headed back to the high-middle to middle of the pack in a couple years as Michigan's recruiting continues to dominate and the team dramatically improves. Narduzzi should move on to a better school when the opportunity arises.
In case you haven't noticed, recruiting is at most half the equation. Coaching and their ability to develop talent is huge, and our coaching staff has not shown they can produce yet. Until then, where's the threat? IMO it's not in this state.
Edit: Not sure if this was supposed to be a reply to my comment or the one above, but he said our RECRUITING has dominated. I didn't say anything about dominating, so your comment still wouldn't make any sense.
Please reserve judgment on developing players until Hoke has upperclassmen that he recruited. Players from his first recruiting class are now redshirt freshmen. I don't count the class he signed a month after becoming HC as his first class.
This cannot possibly have been a surprise to anyone. It would be nice if someone else came calling and got him away from MSU, but I have a feeling we're cursed to live with him and his magic Borges voodoo until something in the dynamic changes(hint it won;t be Narduzzi going anywhere).
I understand all the "he can do better" sentiment. He is from the northeast though right? If he wants to go back to wherever home or family is at all, what programs are there opportunities at?
Saban went to contract re-negotiation school on Les Miles. Everytime there is a big-time opening at a competing program simply buy a airline ticket there for you and the misses. Spend the day with whatever realitor is available and make sure they know who you are and where you are from. Talk to no one from the school with the opening but look at five or six houses, grab a lunch and head home.
When you return the AD will ask you where you were and what were you doing there. You can say, without lying, we were simply looking at homes and didnt meet with anyone (again without lying). Say you were considering a second home there (again, not lying).
Sign your 15MM contract extension and go home.
Moving from an MSU DC to a UCONN HC is a downgrade.
I completely agree with this. UCONN is just another dead end job. Why leave the best defense in football for a crappy head coach job that will be incredibly difficult to succeed with?
This belief that "UConn is a horrible" job needs to die. Randy Edsall won at UConn. You can win there especially in that conference. UConn gets good athletes and has wealthly alums. While not MSU it is akin to a Cincinnati, where Mork got his first gig.
To be fair, Edsall "won" at UConn to the tune of a bunch of 8-5 seasons. That's fine, but it isn't necessarily a place that has immense upward mobility. You can recruit there somewhat, but (a) it will probably always be a basketball school, and (b) it plays in such a mediocre conference that the perception of it being second-rate will hurt going after kids that give you a chance at the top. I think it is a good enough job for most guys, but if you are Narduzzi this probably going to be your one chance at a top job unless you absolutely blow up at UConn; I'm not sure that will happen and if not, you'll just be the guy who presided over a 7-8 win team for years.
And they have won 2 conference championships in the past 10+ years. I would argue that for Narduzzi, it would be a "horrible" move. Purdue will come knocking, if not somebody else.
UConn, Cincinnati, and USF are the only legacy Big East schools left in the American Athletic Conference. In a post-BCS world with conference expansion on hold for now, it's not a place I'd want to be.
most of the high profile jobs seem locked up for the foreseeable future.
They are not what they used to be.
Places like Bama and Texas will look at *names* before they look at non-names and hot coordinators. Narduzzi obvioulsy fits the latter category. Dantonio fits the former, imho.
On the other hand, places like UConn (practically a mid-major) will look at anyone with a major college pedigree.
Did you hear Herbstreit throw Jim Harbaugh out there on ESPN last night? Typical Kork Herbie wild speculation.
I wonder what the odds are that those sources are Narduzzi's agent? Coaches who feel they are not going to get a job often "withdraw" from a process before a decision is made. It seems very odd there were no report of him being offered the job until the report came out that he had turned it down.
Damn. I was hoping he would GTFO of East Lansing. That guy has owned our team and I am really sick of it.
I really hope somebody poaches him. Really tired of getting manhandled by their D.
Thats a smart decision by Narduzzi. UConn is probably not a job you want to take, and once the coaching search musical chairs begin with Texas Narduzzi may find a much better spot once the dust settles.
Either way he could just hold out until next year where I am sure Nebraska, Illinois, and Purdue will all be looking for new HC's.
Is there any chance Narduzzi wants to wait until after the bowl game and weigh his options? I think he's loyal to his players and won't make any decision until after January. UConn might be a step down, but it gets his feet wet as a head coach.
What jobs would you anticipate opening up after the bowl season that he would be willing to look at? Not being a dick, genuinely asking.
I'm not sure about the poster, but let's not forget that the UM job opened up after RR's bowl loss. And more importantly, when a major program like USC, Texas, etc. makes a move, that can set off a ripple as schools have to fill moving coaches. It could well end with Narduzzi getting a shot at a team you don't even think about because the popular HC moves somewhere else. For example, Boise St. had to find a new HC when Peterson left; that could happen other places without warning.
I'm a bit surprised that he passed UConn because it has potential of being a pretty good team in the future with the right recruiting, but I'm guessing that he is either waiting on a better offer or he honestly wants to stick around in EL. But looking at the roster for next year, that team will undoubtedly take a (smallish) step back, but that might be enough to eliminate many of his options.
Regardless, he's a good DC and if he wants to be an HC, he'll get his chance. I do remember a particularly senior poster around here saying he spoke to Narduzzi on a flight or something and thought he wasn't quite the type to handle the alumni events, politicking, recruiting, etc. related to coaching, so he might be content to stick around under Dantonio and just be a coach. There are worst futures than getting paid to do your job well.
Narduzzi has less personality than Dantonio. Hard to believe. I could see him taking a better DC job though.
That he just stays put in EL?
Seems like a bunch of the open jobs have opened and closed quickly without much fanfare. I'm thinking of USC, wash, Boise st, to name a couple.
Seems like at smaller schools one really has to have support from the school administration especially if the cfb program isn't self-funded....and I think a low percentage are.
I think if he stayed, next years D won't be quite as lockdown as this years...but I think his resume would still be intact if they win v the Cardinal. He might be awaiting the opening in Lincoln, NE this time next year.......
I think in the long run Narduzzi will land somewhere better.
I hope he doesnt leave so we can beat hi defense year in and out
As he should. I don't know if he deserves a HC job at a blue-chip program, but he damn well deserves a better program than UConn.
Has anyone taken the Washington job yet? I think that would be a great fit for Narduzzi as well.